Michelle Obama Wrote ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi a College Recommendation Letter

Actress calls the former First Lady a “supporter”

“Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi has one major advantage over other students when it comes to her college applications.

In an interview for W Magazine, the ABC star revealed that she included a letter of recommendation from former First Lady Michelle Obama in her application to such schools as Barnard, Brown, New York University and Harvard.

“She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” Shahidi told the magazine. She plans to double-major in African American studies and sociology.


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The actress, who plays the eldest daughter to Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson on the ABC family comedy, also received “a ‘go get ‘em, tiger’ back-rub” from Obama before taking her AP exams.

Obama and Shahidi appeared on a Glamour Magazine panel together last October for International Day of the Girl. The duo sat down with Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive to discuss “the importance of girls’ education.”

Shahidi most recently appeared on a panel about diversity in media alongside “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez at the South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.